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She is prejudiced against men with beards.
The author has justified the prejudice, making it sound reasonable.
And then worked on breaking the prejudice with the story.
The Bearded Prince reminded me of the Vikram and Betal stories. There's the grandeur of royalty and emotions that are common to all, a dilemma and a suspense to the reason behind the reason.
'A Modern Tale Set in Ancient India' is how it is described and rightly so. It's a tale of olden times told in the language of today, explaining things in a way that the readers who don't know of the old stories would understand.
The author makes a point about equality, individuality and respect for ones' family.
The Bearded Prince is a simple story. The simplicity itself and the little details, the thoughtful explanations are really good.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Bearded Prince by Rajesh Talwar is a children’s story of Princess Roopali who has come of age and must choose her prince in a swayamvar. Princes from all over the land come to meet her and woo her. Some of them are tall, others short, some good looking and and some fat, one of them even has a beard (Roopali doesn’t like beards). As the story progresses Roopali meets with each prince and then makes her choice.
At the surface The Bearded Prince is a simple story but there are layers Rajesh Talwar has woven to give the tale depth. Through the story he touches upon independence, individualism, prejudice, superstition, creative freedom, and not being judgemental. There is a lot to take away from Roopali’s story.
The language is simple and easy with a good pace that kept me reading right to the end. I would have preferred a tighter story, with less sub-plots, (I lost track of some of them). This is an Indian fairytale that I recommend you read, for this one has an empowered princess, an unconventional prince and a story with depth (and morals).
PS - The relevance of beards runs deeper then just one prince sporting a beard and Roopali not liking them. That one surprised me too :D
The story of The Bearded Prince starts with Princess Roopali being introduced, her nature, her skills, her actions and her commitment. Her father, the king, wants her to get married and announces the Swayamvar of the Princess and princes of various neighboring kingdoms are invited to win over Princess Roopali with their talent by representing why they deserve to be married to the Princess.
The overall narrative of the book is simple and good.
The Bearded Prince is an error free book, takes you back to the era when Swayamvar was a cool thing, unlike the one's portrayed in the unreal reality TV shows.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would want their kids to read something good, which has reasoning, goodness and virtue, and a message to conclude with.
As blurb mentioned, a beautiful princess Roopali. She was artist by nature. She likes to paint portrait which shows positivity. She lives with limited staff and with her dog 'Jhumroo'. Her parents convince her to marry to provide heir to kingdom as she was the only child of the king. Grand 'Swayamvara' was arranged for the same. Princess has thought about the qualities of gonna-be husband, the must thing she wanted in his partner was he should should not have beard. (As per story, few bearded looters have spread violence and chaos in her and neighbouring kingdoms. Everyone was staying away from bearded person.) During Swayamvara, Roopali met with 15 different princes and at the end decided to marry a bearded prince.
It is only for kids or for adults when they just want a light read without using much brains.
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The characterization is good and the readers have the dilemma until the end about who will be right for the princess and whom she will choose and why.
All the characters are introduced slowly giving time to understand each prince from their behavior. The author also ensured that non-Indian readers understand the swayamvara tradition completely. I felt bored with a few details on preparations of swayamvara which I had to skip. In the middle, I felt the story is dragged to some extent. It's a pretty quick read without any twists in the story. Overall, a good read to pass time.
My Rating: 4/5
Ps: I have received a free e-review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book